So, are you smarter than the immigrant who is being sworn in as an American citizen on July 4?

PhotoshoppedIt is the July Fourth weekend. July 4, celebrating that the Continental Congress did not take the Independence Day week off when they had work to do. It is also an honored day when new citizens are sworn in as naturalized Americans.

Now to become a citizen of these here United States, one must pass through a whole lot of hoops. One of the last is to pass an oral examination. The proctor has 100 questions that can be chosen. The proctor can ask up to 10 questions. The applicant must answer six of those 10 questions correctly. Can you?
Here’s a sample of 30 questions. So, how would you fair on the exam? Do not cheat, do not look the answers up on the Internet, just answer the questions.

If you can answer all 30, including the bonus questions, you’ll win a copy of my up coming book, A Christian Nation? An objective evaluation of objective evidence, For everyone else. My thanks for playing along.


1. What is the supreme law of the land?

2. The idea of self-government is in the first three words of the Constitution. What are these words?

3. What is one right or freedom from the First Amendment? (Can you name all five?)

4. What is the economic system in the United States?

5. What is the “rule of law?”

6. What stops one branch of government from becoming too powerful?

7. Who makes federal laws?

8. Why do some states have more representatives than other states?

9. If both the president and the vice president no longer can serve, who becomes president? (Bonus: Do you know that person’s name?)

10. Who is the commander in chief of the military?

11. What are two cabinet-level positions? (There are 16 in all.)

12. How many justices are on the Supreme Court?

13. Who is the chief justice of the United States?

14. Under our Constitution, some powers belong to the federal government. What is one power of the federal government? (Four possible answers.)

15. Under our Constitution, some powers belong to the states. What two of the five powers of the states? Bonus – Name all five.

16. What is one responsibility that is only for United States citizens?

17. What do we show loyalty to when we say the Pledge of Allegiance?

18. What are two ways that Americans can participate in their democracy? There are 10 answers.

19. There were 13 original states. Name three. (Bonus – Can you name all 13?)

20. What happened at the Constitutional Convention?

21. The Federalist Papers supported the passage of the U.S. Constitution. Name one of the writers. (Bonus points if you can name all three.)

22. What is one thing Benjamin Franklin is famous for (as a Founding Father)? (Do not include the Franklyn stove, his “go fly a kite in the rain” experiment or the lighting rod.)

23. What territory did the United States buy from France in 1803?

24. What did the Emancipation Proclamation do?

25. What did Susan B. Anthony do?

26. Who was president during World War I?

27. Before he was President, Dwight Eisenhower was a general. What war was he in?

28. During the Cold War, what was the main concern of the United States?

29. Name one of the two longest rivers in the United States. (Other geography questions ask which states border Canada and Mexico.)

30. Name one U.S. territory. (Bonus points if you can name all five.)

How did you think you did? Remember, no cheating, that is not the American way. Just ask those who fought hard and long to say that “Today I am a citizen of the United States of American.”

All answers must be emailed to no later than 11:59 pm on July Fourth, 2011. The answers will be posted here on July 6, along with the prize winner. The winner will be randomly chosen from all the correct responses on July 5, 2011.

I want to thank Chris Sivula of the Tri-City Herald covering Kennewick, Pasco and Richland, WA for allowing me to republish this.

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One Response to So, are you smarter than the immigrant who is being sworn in as an American citizen on July 4?

  1. Russ Butler says:

    I couldn’t answer all 30. I got close. Unfortunately I didn’t see this posting until this morning, July 5th.

    My father was a history professor, so some of the answers were bred into me I suppose.

    I’m anxious to see the answers. Thanks for the morning brain tease!

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